How Cigar Is Made

tabaccoFirst time cigar smokers will often wonder why brand new cigars are wrapped inside cellophane sleeves. Removing the cellophane and storing the cigar is a likely step to take. But you might hesitate doing so, since it is only logical that leaving the sleeves on will offer some sort of protection to the cigar.

Let’s take look at the cellophane first. Now, cellophanes are thin, transparent sheets made of processed cellulose, the same cellulose we find in wood, cotton or hemp. Thanks to Swiss textile engineer Jacques E. Brandenberger, the cellophane we now see and use today came into being. It was he who first developed cellophane from viscose film and was among the first who used it for practical purposes. He used the thin plastic to keep his cloths dry and protected.

In the same manner that Brandenberger used the cellophane to protect his clothes, cigar manufacturers used sleeves or sheets of cellophane to protect the delicate inner wrappings and the cigar itself. A number of cigar connoisseurs have asked the same questions again and again: is it advisable to remove the cellophane wrap of cigars? It is true that the low permeability to air of cellophane as well as its resistance to grease and bacteria makes them ideal for food packaging. However, for cigars keeping them wrapped in cellophane too long may work against it in the long run.

Because of the low permeability of cellophane, the outside air will not get through and reach the cigar. This could allow, as some experts assert, the cigar to age better and faster. Also, by keeping the cigars inside the cellophane, they will not lose much of their humidity. This makes humidors utterly important for cigar connoisseurs. With humidors, the air inside is protected from the outside elements. More importantly, one can control or maintaining the humidity inside the box.

On one hand, however, leaving the cellophane sleeves on will prevent different kinds of cigars from mixing their distinct aroma, flavors or tastes with each other. The cellophane locks the aroma and tastes of the cigar inside which is a pretty good reason to keep them on as you store your cigars inside the box.

After reading the benefits and disadvantages of leaving the cellophane, it all boils down to your own personal preference. You could try storing the cigars with and without the cellophane and see what’s best for your taste. The cigar might become too dry and may not retain the flavors of the cigar. You will know that a cigar is too dry if you already hear a crunching sound as you slightly squeeze and roll the cigar between your fingers.

We, in the meantime, would like you to adhere to a general rule regarding this matter of cigars and cellophanes. And that is: if you have no humidor, keep the cigars inside the cellophane wrappings for added protection and to keep it moist. If you have one, however, store the cigars inside the humidor without the cellophane and to avoid mixing flavors, you could always store different brands of cigars in different boxes.

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